It’s a Tweet from above as Kirk faces future

By Paul Thornton

A CHURCH of Scotland elder will tweet the major points of the Kirk’s most important meeting of the year when the General Assembly starts tomorrow (Thursday).

The assembly meets once a year to make laws determining how the Church of Scotland operates.
Church tweet
Kirk elder Neil MacLennan, 37, has persuaded bosses at the church to allow him to update the nation on the key issues being discussed when delegates meet in Edinburgh through Twitter.

Mr MacLennan – already a keen Tweeter – believes the popular social networking site is the perfect medium to keep the faithful up-to-date.

He said: “Following the General Assembly is a great way to keep an eye in real-time on the Assembly discussions, especially if you can’t get there.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my Tweets about the Assembly debates and reading the tweets of others.”

The General Assembly is already broadcast over the internet and can be viewed online.

But it is hoped that Twitter will allow more people to get short updates sent to their mobile telephones.

Mr MacLennan said: “There will be factual tweets like ‘this debate has started’ and then I will try to condense the points that are being made as well as the decisions that are taken.”

Church chiefs gave the thumbs up for the idea yesterday (Tuesday) and Mr MacLennan wasted no time in getting it up and running.

He said it was hoped the initiative could keep younger people more interested in church business.

Mr MacLennan said: “It is aimed at young people in that they are the people that are using Twitter anyway, although there are people of all ages using it.

“It is an ideal way for most people to get the information without having to sit through the whole proceedings.”

You can follow the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly tweets now at

Shaft plunge teen faces grilling over “break in”

Valleyfield04By Cara Sulieman

A SCHOOLBOY is recovering after a terrifying fall down a drainage shaft.

The 14 year-old broke into a huge ash pit in Fife before plummeting 12ft under the ground.

Ten firefighters spent half an hour trying to fish the teen out, eventually lowering a ladder to pull him to safety.

Now Scottish Power say they want to speak to the youngster and warn him of the dangers of the site, which they use to dump pulverised fuel ash from Scotland’s filthiest power station.
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Made in Scotland – Harry Potter’s uniform

01 Harry Potter uniformBy Michael MacLeod

A SCOTS wool firm which supplied the Hogwarts uniforms for Harry Potter films is now selling them to wannabe wizards.

The annual “back to school” battle between stores is sure to be a spellbinding one, with young fans of the JK Rowling books and films begging their parents to kit them out like the School of Witchcraft stars.

Ayrshire’s Lochaven International created 400 jumpers and cardigans for all except the first of the wizard’s movies, including the latest silver-screen flick; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, to be released in July.

But the company only decided to turn the deal into a magical piece of business when fans of the smash-hit films bombarded them with emails, demanding their own Potter costumes.

And the company’s boss hopes they can take on Asda and Tesco in the school uniforms war by offering exact replicas of the Potter casts outfits.
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Unique house plots up for auction

Water of Leith Auction


AS the nation’s property market continues to plummet, a seller in Edinburgh might just have come up with the perfect solution for prospective house-hunters.

Several acres of the capital’s Water of Leith riverbed could become a floating estate when an auction begins next week.

Property experts say demand will be high for the 6.5 acres of water, with some hoping the sale could encourage other home-owners to drop anchor permanently in the city.

The sale will hopefully trigger the creation of dozens of floating homes and offices in one of the capital’s most fashionable areas.

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Edinburgh nurse crowned musclebound Miss Scotland

Laura Irving


BY DAY Laura Irving helps to save the lives of hundreds of patients – but by night the Edinburgh staff nurse slips on her leotard and works her body to its ultimate.

The stunning, award-winning body-building nurse has just walked off with the coveted title of Miss Scotland in the trained figure category of the National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association.

It is the second year running the muscle-bound 28 year-old has taken the title and is now setting her sights on the British title to be held at the end of the month.

The full-time nurse works at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary in the orthopedic trauma theatre and has to stick to a gruelling fitness and diet regime which sees her eat only turkey, green vegetables and oil supplements.

And the former-personal trainer also has to squeeze a daily four hour fitness regime into her hectic schedule.

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